The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories Series #1)

The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories Series #1)

by Chris Colfer
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The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories Series #1) by Chris Colfer

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales.

The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316201575
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Series: Land of Stories Series , #1
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 27,220
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, and The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning.

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The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 430 reviews.
Thesomedayauthor More than 1 year ago
OK so after looking over some of the reviews for this story, I could tell most people either did it just because they could or because they love Chris. So I'm going to give my full and honest review so people can actually know what to expect, without giving too much away. Chris proves he can do anything in this story. It's an almost utterly brilliant take on fairytales. Aside from some minor issues, such as a few bits of repetativeness, the story flows quite well. Its fairly fast paced, but does have a few moments that are slow (but what story doesn't?). The character of Alex isn't nearly as likeable as he brother Conner, who is quite hilarious. Both however, are very relatable. Chris, through Conner's character, gives an interpretation of fairytales in which I completely agree with. He looks at things in a realistic point of view and thus has a few quips here and there that will make you think back on some of the fairy tales we all loved as children. All in all this is a wonderful story for anyone to read. Most adults will find it to be dumbed down a bit, but it IS a childrens book after all. Great job Chris. I hope to read more from you in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been watching the feedback on this book since the first ARC's were released this spring and I was hopefully cautious when I started reading it. I finished it tonight and was very pleasantly surprised at the wit, cleverness, heart & plotting of the book. There is quite a bit of depth added to the fairy tale characters whom we all know. I love the clever ways that Mr. Colfer interweaves the lives of the different characters and I actually chuckled out loud during several pages as their stories intersected. In addition to the targeted youth readers, I recommend this for any adult who is willing to explore what happens beyond the "happily ever after" and is looking for a bit of humor along the way. A great first book from a very talented young man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it all in one day. I couldn't put it down! A must read for Fairy Tale fans! Who knew Chris Colfer was so talented. I look forward to reading the next book about Alex and Connor. This book gave me a completely different perspective on the evil queen. It opened my eyes and has helped me to understand the deeper meanings found in the fairy tales we all know and love. I can't wait for the next book!
imbananasfordananas More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful. Beautiful? More like supermegafoxyawesomehot. And Chris Colfer. What the Hell can't he do?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE LAND OF STORIES Chris Colfer Fairy Tale/Fantasy Reading the Land of Stories was a truly magical experience. The idea of a fairy tale world that is accessible through a story book was something I found very creative and I eventually found myself wishing I was in the world myself. Not only did I fall in love with the extraordinary setting, but I felt as if I became best friends with the characters, especially Alex and Conner, two twins that are identical on the outside, but have completely different personalities. They definitely filled the novel with endless humor and many loving brother and sister scenes that I can somewhat relate to. I also fell in love with other characters in the book, too. There was Jack, who would do absolutely anything for the love of his life (Goldilocks), Froggy, a kind, helping, and humorous frog-man whose appearance was cursed by a powerful fairy, and all the fairy tale princesses, including Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. There was also Little Red Riding Hood, with her self-centered personality that never failed to make me laugh, and her endless attempts to make Jack her husband. There were many scenes in this book that I enjoyed, but my favorite was one of the last scenes, when the twins hear the Evil Queen, Snow White’s evil stepmother, tell her side of the story, and why she did the things she did. It was interesting to understand that the Evil Queen had done all those things for love and to discover that “a villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.” Although I absolutely fell in love with the Land of Stories, I found the beginning of the novel a bit boring. Luckily, I am patient when it comes to books, and kept reading, and I am so glad I did because it was definitely worth it. Once the twins entered the Land of Stories it became a book I just couldn’t put down. With it’s never-ending adventure, fun characters, and even some entertaining romance, the Land of Stories is a book I would recommend to anyone looking for a good book to read.
blakejlewis More than 1 year ago
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell is quite the page turner. I really don't think it's only for children! I am sixteen and I enjoyed it. Great storyline. Superbly written. I highly recommend this book, it's a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this book is for young children, I enjoyed every minute of it! I love fairy tales is this book introduces the old, orignal Brothers Grimm and Han Christian Andersen stories to kids, not the ones they are used to today. Although I do love the Hollywood/Disney "fairy tales", I love the orignal ones too. I think this book is a great way to introduce children to these beloved fairy tales! I can't wait to buy a copy for my niece when she's a little older!
EmilyRuth More than 1 year ago
I was very pleased with this book. It was engaging, humorous and over-all a fun read! I really enjoyed the characters that Chris brought to life, I think each reader can relate to being a Conner or an Alex growing up, I started off as an Alex and than turned into a Conner :) For the people (adults) who are being overly harsh about this book you need to keep in mind it;s a CHILDREN'S book and it was written specifically for a younger age but I know many children who would enjoy as much as I did.
mariz More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old daughter LOVED it!!! Don't know who Chris Colfer is, never saw Glee but we are anxiously awaiting another book from him...great read!
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
A Magical Fairytale Brought to you by OBS reviewer Karolina Avalon I’m going to start this review by saying one thing – I ‘m a huge Chris Colfer fan. I love almost everything the man does, and, along with thousands of others like me, I preordered this book at my earliest opportunity. However, once I received my copy, I was determined to read the book – and not let the name of the front of the book sway my impression of the story. I wanted to start with a relatively clean slate. And, let me tell you – the story is amazing. The premise is one that is known to fantasy fans. Kids fall into a world that they are unaware existed before, and need to find their way back home. What’s great about this, is that Mr Colfer gives credit where credit is due, and gives nods to not only the obvious Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm, but also C.S Lewis and even a small nod to Gregory Maguire. All of this is done really tastefully, and there is some wonderfully insightful meta about fairy tales made by Alex and Conner Bailey, and their teacher, Mrs Peters. Even with the nod to the classics, Mr Colfer manages to make the characters his own. The Evil Queen has some fantastic (and real) insight about people’s perceptions of others actions – and is a great example of that. The Evil Queen also has a really amazing back story. Goldilocks has to deal with the ramifications of her altercation with the 3 bears, while Sleeping Beauty faces the trials and tribulations of sleeping for 100 years. The Land of Stories world is a fantastic mix of Fantasy with Real Life problems. My absolutely favourite characters would have to be Goldilocks and The Evil Queen, who I’ve already mentioned, and Froggy (a frog man the twins meet on their journey and who tells them about the Wishing Spell that will get them home), the mermaids and Conner and Alex Bailey themselves. I could relate so much with Alex and Conner – remembered being both of them at one point in my life- and they are the smartest, sassiest and funniest protagonists I could wish for to take me through the Land of Stories. Honestly? The writing style facilitates this feeling too. As I was reading the book , it feels like Mr Colfer had grabbed my hand (as well as the twins’ ) and said “ Here, let me show you my world.” There are some twists of the story that I could guess almost immediately (and moments where I felt that a point was being repeated needlessly) , and then there were others that I couldn’t have picked in a million years. And, even with the twists that I had guessed – Mr Colfer managed to present it in a unique way that still had an element of surprise to it, and it was still a very enjoyable read. The illustrations by Brandon Doorman also is a wonderful facilitation into the journey of the Land of Stories (I was lucky enough to receive an American copy of The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. Unfortunately, the map of the Land of Stories – which was created by Mr Colfer and drawn by Mr Doorman – is not in the Australian version of the book). This is a great kids’ book, or a great book for the people who are still kids at heart, and always wondered what happened after the fairytale ended..... For the FULL review and more visit openbooksociety dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chris Colfer is one of my favorite actors so when I found out he wrote a book I had to read it. I also love fairy tales so reading a story about what comes after them is awesome with an amazing story to go along with it! I would reccomend this book to anyone looking for a great adventure story!
vdiana_25 More than 1 year ago
amazing! Although the book is intended for young readers, i know adults will love it too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really hit me when my grangmother died. She was a big fan of fairies and magic and such. I stopped beliving in all the things she did that month. For a while I just sulked and didn't really smile often. I found tjis book and it reminded me of her and it taught me. No matter how depressing things may be, ndver stop beliving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it. It's my favorite book by a lot. I would read it nonstop if I could!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Epic book! Colfer puts ingenious twists on fairytale!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normal twins Alex and Connor Bailey are given a book called the Land of Stories by their Grandma. Little do they know that soon they will be in this world. When they get to the Land of Stories their first thought is how to get home. So they go on the greatest scavenger hunt of their lives to collect all of the items for a mysterious Wishing Spell. But there's also someone else in the Wishing Spell race someone who wants to ensure the Baileys never get home. Dont put it down because it looks all fairy taleish. Best book in a long time.
AlliKat7188 More than 1 year ago
This book was adorable. One must realize that it was written for children/pre-teens so it's not going to be some gritty reboot. It is simplistic plotline but that is what is needed for children. It adds a demension to familiar characters and I love how every princess has their own Prince Charming as they've been a set of brothers all along. He crafts some amazing imagery and every kid can relate to Alex and Conner a little bit. A cute little book and a great first start for an already talented young man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book exceeded my expectations. It was beautifully written and all the story lines were wrapped up perfectly. I saw the book in EW because Chris Colfer wrote it but bought it because it sounded like a great story.... overall AMAZING STORY.
KristenJM More than 1 year ago
Chris Colfer is an amazing person, and now he can add phenomenal author to his long list of accolades! This book is great, no matter the age. It is whimsical and fun and just a great read. I will not spoil anything, but only suggest you get your hands on a copy and read it! You will not be disappointed. :) I can only hope he will be writing some more in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful adventure for children and adults who are children at heart!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it my kids love it. Coner is very realistic and striaght to the point. It made me laugh and think of reasons why some people turn out the way they do. Thank you;);*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book sevral times admazing twist on fairytales.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only a talented singer but an awesome actor and an outstanding Authur!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a super good book if you like magic! I hope you read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To good to be true, am I dreaming or is this real life I feel like this book was made just for me for, by my own fairy godmother. ;)